SlimMed Shot in Atlanta, GA
Suppresess the appetite, helps to lose weight and keep it off.
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If you have tried to lose weight through diet and exercise but nothing seems to work, the SlimMed Shot may be just what you need to be successful in losing weight and keeping it off.
What Is SlimMed Shot?
The SlimMed Shot is a drug treatment recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for chronic weight management and is administered via subcutaneous injection. It is composed of the drug semaglutide, a GLP-1 receptor agonist which mimics the hormone known as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), and affects the areas of the brain that help regulate food intake and appetite. SlimMed also contains levocarnitine which helps the body metabolize fat.
How Does SlimMed Help to Lose Weight?
The SlimMed Shot helps boost the levels of GLP-1 in the body which is a key regulator of weight and blood sugar. It also helps to suppress the appetite through the brain, and it slows the rate at which the stomach empties to prolong the sensation of “fullness”. The patient consumes less food because their brain is no longer continually telling them they are hungry and their body metabolizes fat more efficiently. Combining the SlimMed injection with a healthy diet and exercise program promotes weight loss more effectively than just diet and exercise alone.
How Much Weight Can You Lose With SlimMed?
A robust series of placebo-controlled clinical trials were conducted over a 68-week period that included thousands of participants of varying ages which led to FDA approval. In one of the most successful trials, the average weight among the participants was 231 pounds with an average BMI of 38. Participants that received the SlimMed Shot lost an average of 14.9% of their initial body weight, a loss of about 33 pounds during the trial. The participants that received the placebo lost only 2.4% of their initial body weight.
How Is The SlimMed Shot Administered?
The SlimMed Shot comes in single-use, pre-filled syringes and each syringe contains 1 dose. To administer the dose and use the syringe, simply remove the cap, press the syringe needle against the skin, insert it below skin level, and inject the medication. It will be delivered subcutaneously. Replace the cap on the syringe and dispose of it appropriately. Most patients inject the medication into their upper arm, belly, or thigh.
Am I A Candidate For SlimMed Drug Therapy?
Your medical provider will review your medical history during your initial consultation, to determine if the SlimMed Shot is the right medication for you. In some circumstances, it may not be recommended.
You Are Not A Candidate for The SlimMed Shot if:
- You are currently using a different GLP-1 medication, you cannot combine it with the shot;
- You have either a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer, you should not use SlimMed;
- If you have a rare genetic syndrome known as multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN2).
What Are The Most Common Side Effects?
Nausea is the most common side effect of the SlimMed Shot, diarrhea or constipation have also been experienced. The very low starting dose is intentional so that your body can adjust to the medication. Most symptoms improve with time for most patients however, In the clinical trials of SlimMed, approximately 4.5% of patients stopped their medication due to side effects.
FAQs About The SlimMed Shot
1. Is The SlimMed Shot The Same Medication As Ozempic?
Yes, but the dosage is different. The SlimMed Shot and Ozempic are both semaglutide medications. However, Ozempic is FDA-approved for diabetes at a maximum strength of 1.0 mg per week, while SlimMed is FDA-approved for the treatment of overweight individuals and obesity at a maximum strength of 2.4 mg per week. The higher strength is associated with greater weight loss.
2. How Often Do I Take The Medication?
Once per week. Choose a day that is convenient for you, and set a reminder so that you don’t forget!
3. How Is The SlimMed Dose Adjusted Over Time?
The starting dose is 0.25 mg. You will use this for 1 month (4 weekly injections). Assuming you are tolerating it well, the dose will increase to 0.5 mg the following month. Your provider will continue to increase the strength every month depending on how you are responding to it, and whether you have any side effects. The available strengths are 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1.0 mg, 1.7 mg, and 2.4 mg. Therefore, you will reach the highest dose after 5 months.
4. How Long Can I Stay On The Medication?
The SlimMed Shot is considered a long-term medication. If you are tolerating it well, and it is helping you to lose weight, it is recommended to continue the medication.
5. I Have A Thyroid Disorder, Can I Use SlimMed?
The SlimMed Shot is not to be used by patients with a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer, which is a rare type of thyroid cancer. However, it is safe to use if you have a history of hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, or currently take thyroid medication.
6. What Is Included in The SlimMed Drug Therapy Program?
Your SlimMed Shot program begins with a consultation with your Obesity Medicine trained provider, who will review your health history, and weight loss goals, and ensure that you are a good candidate for the medication. You will continue to meet with one of our trained providers on a monthly basis, as your medication is adjusted, and your weight loss is monitored.
You will also have the option to upgrade your program and meet with the IBI HealthCare Institute Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, who will review your current eating habits and help you design a healthy, reduced-calorie diet, for an additional fee.